ON ONE OCCASION, a seeker from Bombay named Joshi Maharaj came for Baba’s darshan along with some well-known and highly respected persons from Poona, including Jagannath Maharaj. Joshi Maharaj had previously met Baba at Sakori and at that time had touched Baba’s feet. But this time, since he was accompanied by influential persons and some of his followers, he merely shook hands with Baba. Baba pointed out, “When you came to Sakori you garlanded me and touched my feet.” Realizing his mistake, Joshi Maharaj immediately bowed down at Baba’s feet.
After Joshi Maharaj left, Baba remarked, “In the presence of all the dignitaries, his pride prevented him from touching my feet. But I am Ustad (the Masterful One). I purposely made him bow down to me. It was for his own good.”
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, p. 5566.